Diva’s Weekly Challenge

can you escape the maze?

The Diva’s Challenge #215 is to tangle using a labyrinth as a string.

What a challenge! I looked at the pages that Laura linked to on how to create your own labyrinth, but I wasn’t in the mood for so much thinking. Instead, I used Google Images to find a picture of one. But even after I got the picture, it took me a while to figure out how I could fit such a complicated string into a tangle and still keep its integrity.

Edit: I’ve just looked at my tile properly, and I realised that this isn’t a labyrinth at all. You can’t get to the centre from the outside! I must have gotten something wrong when I was bordering the lines. Oh well, I tried!

Mooka, Snail, Tipple

Mooka, Snail, Tipple

Mooka is a bit of my nemesis and I don’t often draw it, but I was inspired by Christ Gerstner’s post to attempt Mooka with Tipple. I didn’t use a pencil first like she suggests, but I did get tips on drawing and shading Mooka from her video. I like the results, although all that Tipple blunted the nib of my still pretty new Micron 01!

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all things beautiful

The Diva’s Challenge #214 celebrates Earth Day.

When I think of the Earth, I picture mountains and seas, forests and deserts, wild animals on land and in the sea. I picture God’s creation, perfectly made, the way He made them from the start. Psalm 104 depicts this well. It is a beautiful poem, but I quote just two verses here that capture the beauty and purposeful order of nature, with all things sustained by their Maker.

He makes springs pour water into the ravines;
it flows between the mountains.
They give water to all the beasts of the field;
the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
Psalm 104: 10-11 (NIV)

Diva Dance, Mumsy, Sand Swirl, Undling

Diva Dance, Mumsy, Sand Swirl, Undling

For this tile, I used four tangles that remind me of various things in nature. Sand Swirl represents the oceans, Undling represents the rolling hills, Diva Dance, which reminds me of wood, represents the trees, and Mumsy represents the flowers.

state of flux

Poor little Artoo is sick again this week, but Laura has issued a challenge to tangle with Flux. Flux was featured in the latest Zentangle newsletter and I was surprised to see that the step-outs have never been published online before! I was even more surprised to see that the original version of Flux, Maria’s version, is not the same as the Flux I learnt, which is Rick’s version. I like Rick’s version better though, so that’s what I tangled with today.

Flux, Puf

Flux, Puf

I knew I wanted to put Flux in a ring. The rest of it just emerged on its own. The middle was initially more Puf, but I like some solid black areas in my tiles, so I coloured it in.

I’m starting to get busier, and while I will still try to join in the Diva’s challenge and the String Thing challenge every week, there may be weeks when my tangling will be more sporadic. I’ll try my best, but if finding time to tangle gets too stressful, please forgive my absence.

in a whirl

I had some free time, so I did another spiral for my second submission to the Diva’s Weekly Challenge #210.

Dex, Drupe

Dex, Drupe

This satisfied my curiosity on three issues:
1. How to fit a grid-based tangle into a spiral
2. How Dex would look with the black squares in random places (interesting, but the effect would be better with smaller squares)
3. What effect would be produced with Drupe as a background to the spiral

For some in-spiral-tion (sorry, couldn’t resist!), check out this post by Margaret Bremner.

green it up

Here’s another St Patrick’s Day challenge – this time the Diva challenged us to add green to our tiles.

Featherfall, Patena, Y-Not, Zander

Featherfall, Patena, Y-Not, Zander

I used a Uniball Signo UM-151 0.38mm pen in green black to tangle, then added colour with two shades of watercolour pencil. I was nervous about using the watercolour pencils. It always seems that lots of things could go wrong with all that colour and water, and I almost used just a graphite pencil to shade. But finally I decided to take the plunge. On hindsight, this could have benefited from being more green. Oh well, you learn with practice!

The Uniball was an absolute delight to tangle with. It’s smooth, much smoother than the Micron 01, especially since my Micron nibs blunt quickly. The line width is slightly thinner than the Micron 01’s, yet there’s no added scratchiness. It also comes in lots of colours. It’s tempting to use the black version for normal tangling, and to find another pen with a broader nib to colour in dark spaces. The only drawback? It doesn’t have archival ink, unlike the Micron. Is that important? I’m not sure.

bear fruit

Here’s my submission for the Diva’s Challenge #208, a duotangle of Cubine and Pokeroot. Two of the official tangles, and two simple tangles, but it’ll be interesting to see what everyone comes up with.

Cubine, Pokeroot

Cubine, Pokeroot

John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (ESV)

layers of unbatz

The Diva’s Challenge #207 is a Use My Tangle challenge with Unbatz.

Unbatz

Unbatz

I didn’t intend to make this a monotangle, but I kept thinking of new things to do with Unbatz, and I couldn’t stop drawing it! I tried Unbatz with block letter U’s, wavy lines between the U’s, different distances between each U, U’s of different sizes, and W’s instead of U’s. I intended to play with perspective too, but I had so much fun that I forgot all about it until the end!

Unbatz has a wallpaper look, and it would probably make a nice background tangle. There are an infinite number of ways to vary this so it would adapt well to any need.

experience the mix

This week’s Diva’s Challenge is to use tools or materials that we’ve never used in tangling. I thought long and hard about this. I thought of watercolours, but I wanted to draw something with a pen. Then I thought of watercolour pencils, but I’ve used them before, albeit only for coloring, not drawing. So I decided to use a new surface to tangle on.

When I was younger, my friends and I used to collect postcards to write messages to each other on. These postcards were found on racks in shopping malls and restaurants, and anybody could take one for free. The front of each card was an advertisement, usually for a product or event or movie. They’re still around, but they’re less commonly seen these days. In the four years that I collected them, I amassed three boxes of postcards.

I got one that advertised Gordon’s London Dry Gin, and tangled on it.

Betweed, Cayke, Jonqal, Sand Swirl, Schway

Betweed, Cayke, Jonqal, Sand Swirl, Schway

I used a black Micron 01, a black Micron 05, and a thick black permanent marker for this. I found I needed thicker lines to make the tangles pop against the busy background, even though the background was mostly in shades of white or grey. I wonder how it would look if I chose a postcard with a more colourful background!